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Apple's "Loop you in" event just finished up in Cupertino today, the last one in this particular amphitheater, and it was full of updates to their mobile line. The newest member of the iPad family was announced, firmly taking the spot in the line that's slotted directly before the larger iPad Pro yet after the current iPad Air 2.
This iteration is almost exactly the same as it's big brother with the same A9X chipset, 4 speaker audio setup and Apple Pencil compatibility. The screen has a resolution of 2048x1536 with full DCI-P3 color gamut support. From the video, it looks like it's actually calibrated individually at the factory, so it should prove to have accurate color rendition out of the box.
Apple has added something they're calling True Tone display to the screen, which uses a set of 2, four channel, ambient light sensors to change the color temperature of the screen based on the ambient light around you. The screen borrows similar IGZO and the custom timing controller from the larger iPad Pro and is capable of a whopping 500 nits of brightness.
One of the great things about the Internet is you can watch other people risk the well-being of their expensive devices instead of you doing it yourself. That's what's happening with the video below from YouTuber Max Lee, who throws the Galaxy S7 in an LG washing machine to test just how waterproof it really is. Turns out: very.
The phone is put through a full 45 minute cycle, so it's rigorous testing to be sure; a VRS Design Crystal Mixx case was used purely to prevent scratches.
If you own a Kindle, then you need to update it to the latest version of software as soon as possible. Otherwise you may not be able to use it anymore. Well, you won't be able to use it as a proper e-reading device connected to Amazon's cloud services, or access the store, or do much of anything with it seems.
Amazon is making some changes that require this update in order to continue normal operations, which is not fun for anyone, though the update process is a fairly simple one. Though you'll have to update via the approved avenue for doing so, either via Wi-Fi or Wireless if you happen to have those radios available. It seems to really only apply to any Kindle that was made prior to 2013, however. They're quite serious about needing to update, though.
"If you do not update your device by March 22, 2016, you will receive the following message on your device: Your Kindle is unable to connect at this time. Please make sure you are within wireless range and try again. If the problem persists, please restart your Kindle from the Menu in Settings and try again. If you see this message on your device on or after March 22, you will need to manually install the latest software update for your device."
The latest in Apple's iPhone 6s ad series is likely the funniest yet. It features none other than Cookie Monster, who is using hands-free Siri functionality -- the timer and music playback, specifically -- for cookie baking purposes. Topping it off is the brilliant song choice of Jim Croce's Time in a Bottle. See for yourself below.
The other 11 videos in the series as well as other iPhone videos can be viewed here.
If you didn't already know, Samsung has launched their new Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones, as well as the refreshed Gear VR - and well, they have three new ads that star Lil Wayne and Wesley Snipes.
In the ads, Lil Wayne is using the Galaxy S7 while he deliberately pours champagne all over it, and then dunks it into a fish tank. In the second video, Wesley Snipes proves his acting chops by saying "cool" and then extends his range considerably more, by saying "very cool".
In the third ad, Lil Wayne helps give birth to a baby elephant - yeah, that happens.
Save the date, March 21st marks a new Apple event where they want to "loop us in" with the latest in innovations and products. And just what could those be?
We're expecting a number of different new things to pop-up, but of course the reality is that only one or two of these predictions are likely to come true, if at all. High on that list is the resurgence of a new 4" iPhone device. the iPhone SE as well as a smaller version of the iPad Pro, likely in a 9.7-inch chassis that mirrors the current iPad Air, but with force touch and pen support. Supposedly we'll also see new Apple Watch bands too, ones that are more durable and add a bit more flair. Because, why not.
And of course final versions of the next major steps in the OS's for the various iOS and OSX devices should be revealed as well. We're up to iOS 9.3, tvOS 9.2, watchOS 2.2 and OSX 10.11.4. What else is in store? Usually we see bigger and larger devices make their way into the stable, but we hope that this event is one that focuses on the refinement of the brand instead.
A recent eBay survey has uncovered that Australians love hoarding their old technology, or simply just can't be bothered getting rid of it. Information from this survey pointed out that Australians have a collective of approximately $4.8 billion ($6.4bn AUD) worth of unused phones sitting around.
This is backed up by worldwide research from Deloitte Global that says there is approximately $12.72 billion worth of handsets laying unwanted around planet Earth. This eBay survey and data analysis is part of a marketing plan for this website giant, trying to show users that their old phone is worth money and could possibly be sold on some form of online auction site (eBay, maybe?).
Mark Bulgin from eBay commented that "now is the perfect time for Aussies to sell their older models to fund the upgrade," citing releases of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7 that may interest users. He also discussed the currently strong Australian second-hand market, stating that "The average selling price of the Apple iPhone 6s has only fallen $50 since September 2015 and is still fetching over $875 for a single handset, while the Samsung Galaxy S6 is fetching around $526."
Following a sighting yesterday, it's now confirmed an OTA (downloadable) update is rolling out to Nexus 5X devices today. Nexus 5X community manager Orrin says the update is a response to user feedback, and to that end it includes many bug fixes which will in turn improve stability, connectivity, and performance.
If you don't see the update yet and don't want to wait, you can grab it here (look for MHC19J).
Note the March security update will be included with this update if you haven't grabbed it yet.
If you've been watching the fourth season of House of Cards (and boy, is it good), you may have spotted the OnePlus smartphone in action, as several characters use it, including Claire. This is no coincidence: Chinese website Weibo reports it's part of a $300,000 endorsement deal OnePlus signed with Netflix.
Season 4 also features ads for a couple of Samsung products (one of which some describe as awkward as hell), so it would appear it's open season at Netflix as far as product placement goes.
HTC have quite a few smartphones coming out in the next few months, with the HTC 10 revealed thanks to renders leaked by notorious mobile leaker Evan '@evleaks' Blass.
The leaked images show the white version of the HTC 10 from most angles, but remember these are renders - and not actualy photos of the smartphone. Blass says that this is HTC's new flagship smartphone, and it'll be known as the HTC 10. According to Blass, HTC chose the name as it wants to step away from its normal devices naming scheme, with previous handsets called the HTC One M9, M8, M7 and others.
Blass adds that HTC will launch the HTC 10 smartphone in mid-April, with availability in mid-May.